​Ashley Fine Floors: Edmonton’s Top Choice For Tile Flooring

​ Ashley Fine Floors is proud to be Edmonton’s leading source for flooring solutions. For over 25 years, we’ve offered homeowners and professionals access to a diverse range of products from the top manufacturers (including several made right here in Canada). With a inventory of options you’re sure to love and customer service that can’t be beat, Ashley Fine Floors is your first choice for flooring solutions in Edmonton.

Top Tile Solutions

Tile floors offer several benefits to home and business owners. As a stylish and affordable option for your space, tiles provide you with a vast range of colours and textures to choose from, making them the perfect fit for every room. As a widely sought after option, tile comes in the following categories:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Stone
  • Glass
  • Metal

With so many different types to choose from, finding the right option for your space is a breeze. Enhance your kitchen or bathroom with stunning metal or glass backsplash, up the elegance in your master suite with a stunning pattern, and let your creativity go to work dreaming up the perfect look for your area.

Why Choose Tile?

Besides their stylish flair, tile offers a wide range of benefits to be explored. Key reasons to consider tile flooring include:

  • Longevity: tile flooring is extremely resilient, making it the ideal fit for high traffic areas, apartments, or other spaces prone to wear and tear.
  • Cost effective: tile is considerably cheaper for larger spaces compared to other materials.
  • A breeze to maintain: Periodic sweeping, damp mopping, and spot treating are all it takes to keep your tile looking its best!
  • Able to be installed over radiant flooring: Perfect for chilly mornings!

Are You Ready To Design Your Perfect Space?

Visit our showroom to discuss your exact needs and learn how we can help you bring your vision to life today!


2018 Flooring Trends: Recapping With Ashley Fine Floors

2018 has been a busy year in the home style industry, with plenty of designs and trends emerging across the market. From reclaimed wood to bright and bold patterns, read on to learn some of the most popular tile flooring choices from the past year.

Colour Palettes

2018 saw a bit of a divergence between the commercial and residential markets when it comes to colour preferences. Commercial spaces saw a resurgence in bold, strong colours, both light and dark. Statement patterns are on the rise as well, with uneven planks and mix/match designs being favoured. Residential Spaces have favoured a much more understated, soft approach with warm and neutral tones taking the lead.

Textures Everywhere

2018 was certainly a year of texture in the design world. Timeless aesthetics like hardwood and marble are still prevalent, but rustic elements like distressed wood, stone, and even concrete are getting more and more attention. Expect to see this continue well into the next year, with plenty of new options coming to market.

Patterns

As with textures, patterns have become increasingly popular, both at home and in businesses. Geometric tiling, herringbone and chevron, and mixed width planks help add personality to any space, as well as a stylish finish.

What Does 2019 Hold?

While upcoming trends are starting to unfold, Ashley Fine Floors is here to ensure you have access to all the leading designs and styles for your space. As a proud carrier of Canadian brands like Beaulieu, Kraus, Mercier and more, we are happy to be one of Edmonton’s leading flooring suppliers. Contact us today to learn more!


How to Keep Your Tile Floor Grout Grime Free

Tile flooring can be one of the most versatile and functional options when it comes to installing a reliable foundation in your home’s more “high maintenance” areas. Mud rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements, along other spaces that are exposed to high traffic and increased moisture all require flooring that is able to withstand consistent wear and tear. Tiling is easy to install, lasts for a considerable amount of time, and best of all, is relatively easy to maintain and clean, making it a suitable choice for homeowners.

At Ashley Fine Floors, one of the most common questions our flooring experts receive when it comes to tile installation and maintenance is how to keep the grout between each section clean. Read on to learn how you can keep your grout clean, and ensure your tile floors look their best year round!

What is Grout

Simply put, grout helps hold your tiles in place and seals them against outside irritants. Grout is a cement based mixture that comes in two basic formulas: sanded and unsanded. Stylistically, you can look at having a mixture that matches or contrasts with your tiles depending on your preferences.

How Does it Get Dirty?

Unfortunately, grout tends to have a bit of a bad rap when it comes to looking “dingy” or weathered. The reason grouting has a tendency to collect dirt and grit, however, may surprise you: contrary to popular belief, the mixture is not waterproof, and is actually quite porous. This means that grout absorbs liquids and dirt over time, which can lead to a lacklustre appearance.

Combatting Build Up

The easiest way to keep your tile flooring looking fresh is to set a dedicated cleaning schedule to clear out your grout before grime builds up. Depending on the traffic volume of the room, number of pets in the household, seasonal challenges (mud, snow, dust), etc. the frequency with which you need to clean will vary. Once a month during typical periods often helps homeowners stay on top of any unsightly discolouration before it has a chance to set in too deep. Tips for cleaning include:

  • Prevention, as with any type of flooring, is the best approach to avoiding dingy grout. Mop up any spills, muddy tracks, or excess moisture immediately, and speed or vacuum regularly.
  • Select a neutral PH cleaner to avoid damage the adhesive that hold both the grouting and tiles in place, as well as any chemical reactions that may result in further staining.
  • A common DIY mixture is: 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 baking soda, 1TBSP dish soap. Gently scrub this into your grout and let sit for 5-10 minutes to loosen and dissolve any grease and grime. Rinse off with enough warm water to remove the mixture and quickly mop up any excess moisture.
  • For advanced stains, chips, or other signs of significant wear and tear, it’s best to consult a professional.

Ready to get started with tiling? We can help! Ashley Fine Floors has been connecting Edmonton and area with leading flooring solutions for over 25 years. Contact our team today to learn more.


Caring for Newly Installed Tile Flooring

Wondering how to care for your freshly laid tile flooring? The good news is, tile floors are remarkably easy to maintain. To make sure you get off to the best start and have long-lasting, gorgeous looking floors, follow our tips below!

Immediately After Installation

It may be tempting to give your brand new floors a wash down, but to ensure your sealing has the time necessary to properly set in, it’s crucial to wait at least 2-4 days before introducing any excess liquid. If you need to clean up any unexpected spills, do so with caution and try to get rid of extra moisture right away. Once things are fully dried, you can focus on a regular cleaning schedule.

Water is Your Friend

“Wait…you want met to put water on my floors? I thought you just said that was bad!” Don’t worry; we can explain! While you never want to leave pools of water sitting on your tiles, when it comes to selecting your ideal cleaning solution, warm water should be your first choice. Why? Water lacks the harsh chemicals often found in other cleaners, and should be enough to handle most spot cleaning jobs.

For the occasional “heavy duty” cleaning where water simply won’t cut it, stick to gentle, neutral PH, based cleansers that are specifically made for tile floors.

Remove Dirt and Debris Before Mopping

As with any flooring, sweeping or vacuuming your tiles prior to moping is a safe bet to help avoid accidental scratching and abrasions caused by leftover grit. To keep your floors in pristine shape, it’s a good idea to sweep weekly, or as needed.

Clean Spills Immediately

Even though tile flooring is quite resistant to liquids, it’s always a good idea to spot clean messes immediately to prevent stains, warping, and avoidable erosion to your sealant. Keeping a microfibre cloth or mop on hand will make it easy to treat spills as they happen

Want to learn more? Contact our experts today!